In the fall 2012 issue of Spacing magazine, writer John Lorinc talked to Roger Keil, director of the CITY Institute and lead researcher on the Global Suburbanisms project about how immigration and other factors have changed the suburbs as they were once known.
Keil points out that over the course of two or three generations, this sort of "purified" development has turned its back on the rational origins of the post-war suburb, which had been created to meet surging demand for affordable housing for returning soldiers and their large baby boom families. "how did it happen that this rationality is turned upside down into dreams of desire? I is sold back to us on the idea that this is the only way people can live ad the only thing people want. We are not having a rational discussion about what kind of cities we can build."